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Grzegorz Rasiak

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Biography

Date of birth

12/01/1979

Signed

27/08/2009

Country

Poland

Rasiak began his career in Poland, spending his youth days with several lower division clubs before becoming a professional with Warta Poznań in 1996, aged 17.

After a two year stay he moved on to a scarce of other polish clubs including Dyskobolia Grodzisk, where he made over 60 appearances before transferring to England with Championship side Derby County.

A free transfer in September 2004, Rasiak stayed with the Rams for the remainder of that season. He was a regular in the side making 44(+1) appearances and scoring 19 times, such form that led to Premier League club Tottenham swooping for the Pole on the final day of the winter transfer window.

Due to first team competition, Rasiak only made eight appearances between September and January, after struggling to make an impact he joined Southampton on loan until the end of the season. Scoring four goals in the remaining 13 league games, Saints boss George Burley had seen enough to pay a £2million transfer fee for the striker’s services come May.

The following season it proved to be the right decision as Rasiak netted 21 times in 44 games, ending as the club’s top goal scorer, they narrowly missed out on promotion losing to Derby County in the Play-offs.

Loan moves to Bolton and Watford followed this spell before the Poland international decided on a permanent move to Reading in August 2009, signing a two-year contract.

With Brian McDermott manager at the time, Rasiak found himself third favourite to Shane Long and Simon Church, although he did still manage 18(+18) appearances.

His debut came away to Barnsley, his first start coming at Madejski Stadium against Cardiff, and his first Royals goal came two games after that in our home draw against Watford.

A short spell in Cyprus followed his Berkshire stay, AEL Limassol was the club he signed for prior to moving back to Poland in 2011 after only 17 appearances.

Last seen playing for the club where it all began, Warta Poznań were his employers for the 2013/14 season where Rasiak scored his first Polish League goal for over seven years, at the age of 35.  

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